The Bankers for NetZero initiative is making the built environment its first focus sector, working with the UK Green Building Council to foster collaboration across industry, finance and government. Here’s why and how to get involved.

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How do you go from an economy in the depths of recession to one that delivers shared prosperity? The last time the UK (along with many other countries) faced a challenge on this scale was in 1945. Then, we rose to the challenge thanks to massive public and private investment in rebuilding our cities, homes and factories.

Something similar is needed today. This time round though, our cities, homes and factories have not been physically devastated. They do not need to be rebuilt, but they do need to be retrofitted and renovated — to tackle energy poverty, energy waste and to put the UK on course to meet its Net Zero by 2050 target. This is a priority focus for both the Bankers for NetZero initiative and the UK Green Building Council (UKGBC), through its industry-leading Advancing Net Zero programme. …


A regional regeneration partnership in Fife is a potential model for a bottom-up green recovery. Here’s why.

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In this moment of crisis, everything is to play for. Will we choose to build back the same as before, setting ourselves up for bigger disasters in the future, as a result of our disregard for planetary boundaries and social equity? Or will we seize the opportunity to build back better and put our economies, communities and natural ecosystems on a path to regeneration?

It’s an easy choice in principle, but in order to choose the path to regeneration we need to collectively come up a steep learning curve — and fast. What is regeneration? How does it happen? And, importantly, how do we enable it to happen across all three dimensions of the triple bottom line — society, economy, environment — simultaneously? …


The pandemic has made further disruptive shocks — both positive and negative — more likely over the decade ahead.

Six months into the 2020s and the conventional wisdom is that we have already experienced the decade’s defining disruption. But what if the COVID-19 pandemic is just the first in a series of disruptions that will shape the decade — for better and worse?

Late last year, Volans began working with the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) to analyse macrotrends and disruptions set to shape the 2020s. As part of this, we identified ten potential “wild card” disruptions, which, if they came to pass, would have a major impact on the decade ahead. …

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